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Opening art for the story, female soldier sitting on a porch.


Dear veterans, families, and supporters,  I know the continued issue of sexual harassment, assault, and gender discrimination in our U.S. Armed Forces troubles you, as it does all of us here at CalVet. Unfortunately, we see the damage this issue can have on our troops and veterans every day. Our military women and men deserve […]


It’s time for all California veterans to be counted! This week (March 30-April 3) is U.S. Census Week. Participation is mandated by law for everyone living in the United States and its five territories. The federal Census Bureau and California All Census 2020 simply need you to answer a short survey, which you can do […]

EDD’s Veterans Day campaign showcases how employment services help veterans find jobs

Unemployment among California veterans dropped to 3.2 percent over the past two years – down 2.6 percentage points since August 2019 – according to the state Employment Development Department. And among the 735,700 employed veterans across California, 1 in 10 held a job in management, earning $138,000 annually compared to the statewide average of $60,485. […]

Burned out by Camp fire, Redding veterans’ home resident gives back to community

By Gary Moore, CalVet REDDING – Nic Casella got help when he needed it most. He will repay the favor today. Soon after the 97-year-old Navy veteran returned from Chico to his home in Paradise on November 8, 2018, he saw an ominous cloud. Rain was not in the forecast. “I went to the sliding […]

Redding Veterans Home resident featured as part of Women’s Military History Week

By Gary Moore, Public Information Officer at VHC-Redding Aptly nicknamed the Lady Tiger, Dorothy Gotlieb Picotte was a fierce multi-sport competitor in high school, a determined young woman in the military, and remains a fiery and beloved member of the Veterans Home of California – Redding to this day. Picotte grew up in the East […]

CalVet celebrates Women’s Military History Week

This week, March 18 – 24, CalVet recognizes and celebrates women veterans and their contributions to our country as part of our state’s Women’s Military History Week. Each year, the third week of March is highlighted as a time to recognize the important accomplishments of women who have served in the armed forces of the […]

Recognizing the contributions of African American Women Veterans

Women have long answered the call to defend and protect this country, yet many of their contributions have largely been unrecognized and unrewarded. During the national designation of the month of February as Black History Month, the CalVet Women Veterans Division is sending a special message to recognize and elevate the invaluable contributions of black […]


The holiday season can be full of fun, friends and family, but the season can also be a source of stress for veterans. Stress can affect your health and become a problem when the stress begins to feel overwhelming. Here are some tips that can assist you when the seasons stress starts to take over. […]

Place a wreath to honor fallen American heroes this holiday season

by Jonathan Cullifer, California Department of Veterans Affairs “They have earned our undying gratitude.  America will never forget their sacrifices.” — President Harry Truman Each December, Wreaths Across America volunteers place holiday wreaths on graves and columbaria at more than 1,400 veterans’ cemeteries in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad to remember our […]

Every Day is Veterans Day at our Barstow Home

By Teresa Rochester, Public Information Officer, Veterans Home of California – Barstow As the country prepares to honor veterans on Nov. 11 this year, the staff at the Veterans Home of California in Barstow have already begun to commemorate the service of the men and women who reside there. The Home launched #veteransdayeverydayii on Nov. […]